Recipe Box Christmas Present

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Project by Geedubs posted 12-21-2010 07:18 PM 1701 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this recipe box for our son’s girlfriend as a Christmas present. I made the box and my wife will be putting in our son’s favorite recipes. It is made of old growth fir and chechen. This is the first time I have worked with chechen which I understand is a Mexican hardwood. I designed it after a ‘lunchpail’ recipe box that my wife has but I think it came out looking a little more like a treasure chest….oh well, I guess either reference works.

-- Todos los dias aprendemos algo nuevo.

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#1 posted 12-21-2010 09:52 PM

This is a neat box, how did you make the top?

-- Bob "Every breath I take as a Free man was paid for with the blood of an American Soldier"

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#2 posted 12-21-2010 10:12 PM

1SgtBob, I used 3/16 fir plywood. I cut 45 degree ‘dados’ on the back side every 1/2 inch; then soaked it in water, bent it to form and let it dry. I cut the 3/16” dados in the top sides while still in standard dimension using a circle jig with my router; then cut the corresponding final shape on my bandsaw. I used the cutoff and the sides as the press when I formed the plywood top. Hope that makes sense. It’s the first time I ever tried to bend wood and I am sure there are probably better ways to do it.

-- Todos los dias aprendemos algo nuevo.

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#3 posted 12-22-2010 01:50 AM

Very nice work, yes it do look a little like a treasure chest, but aint the best recipies also a treasure…
Best thoughts and marry christmas,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 12-22-2010 08:54 AM

Hey GeeDubs,
Now that is a cool looking box…nice one.

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#5 posted 12-22-2010 06:32 PM

Thanks for the nice comments everyone. Like every project, it seems, there are things I would differently if I were to do it again. Ah, the joy of learning.

Merry Christmas!

-- Todos los dias aprendemos algo nuevo.

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#6 posted 04-22-2012 12:59 AM

This is really a very kool treasure box for recipes. Nice project, and design. I like how you did the wood combos also

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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